Munich Mule Cocktail Drink Recipe

Looking to make an easy homemade Munich Mule cocktail?

Enjoy a tasty spin on the classic Moscow Mule by making this delicious drink featuring a spicy finish thanks to ginger beer.

This Munich Mule recipe features premium gin, fresh lime juice, thinly sliced cucumber and non-alcoholic Caribbean-style ginger beer.

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What Is A Munich Mule?

A Moscow Mule is a cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer and lime juice, garnished with a slice, wedge or wheel of lime and a sprig of mint.

The drink is a type of buck and is sometimes called a vodka buck. The Moscow mule is popularly served in a copper mug, which takes on the cold temperature of the liquid.

A Munich Mule is a creative take on the classic cocktail, substituting vodka for gin and the addition of thinly sliced cucumber, which is muddled into the drink before serving.

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Homemade Munich Mule Cocktail recipe ingredients.
Homemade Munich Mule Cocktail recipe ingredients.

What Does Ginger Beer Taste Like?

If you’ve never tasted ginger beer before you may be curious to what a Munich Mule tastes like.

There are two kinds of ginger beer, British-style alcoholic ginger beer (like Crabbies Ginger Beer) and Caribbean-style non-alcoholic ginger beer. A Mule uses the latter.

Caribbean Ginger Beer is very bubbly with a strong ginger flavour and spicy finish. It is not the same as ginger ale. You can’t substitute the ingredients.

A Munich Mule is a gin cocktail featuring ginger beer, lime and cucumber.
A Munich Mule is a gin cocktail featuring ginger beer, lime and cucumber.

Travel to Taste the World’s Best Gins

There’s no better way to familiarize yourself with the best Munich Mule cocktail recipe then by planning a vacation to visit the world’s best gin distilleries.

The world’s most famous gins can be found in the United Kingdom as well as neighbouring Ireland. The booming gin trend has produced a high demand for premium gins produced by distilleries in Canada and America.

We’ve visited a handful of gin distilleries in Britain as well as a chic gin cocktail bar at the Shangri-La Hotel in Taipei. The gin craze has officially travelled from England to North AmericaAsia and beyond!

In Scotland we visited Edinburgh Gin for a tour and tasting before enjoying a road trip to the Isle of Islay, which is best known for its famous Islay whisky distilleries. One of the best things to do on the Isle of Islay is pay a visit to Bruichladdich Distillery, which produces its signature whisky as well as Botanist Gin.

In Brighton we visited a tiny micro-distillery called Brighton Gin, one of the best things to do in Brighton for G&T fans. We also stayed at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire to sip our way through the jaw-dropping home of renowned Bombay Sapphire.

Looking to plan the ultimate road trip of Canada to discover the best gins?

Our favourite Canadian gins include Ungava in Quebec, Tawse and Dillon’s in NiagaraMuskoka Brewery in Ontario cottage country, Kinsip House of Fine Spirits in Prince Edward County, North of 7 in Ottawa, Dixon’s in Guelph, Eau Claire Distillery in Alberta, Blackfox in Saskatoon, Ironworks Gin in Nova Scotia and Long Table Distillery in British Columbia.

Garnish a Munich Mule with a lime wheel.
Garnish a Munich Mule with a lime wheel.

Best Selling Gin

Gin has certainly enjoyed a boom in popularity at cocktail bars in recent years. You’ll find fantastic premium gins distilled from Scotland to Muskoka. Here are some of the world’s best selling gins and some of our local small batch favourites:

  • Gordon’s Gin: The world’s top selling gin brand is owned by Diageo. The brand’s pink iteration has undoubtedly helped to fuel its success. Gordon’s has also unveiled a line of new innovative products including two “ultra-low-alcohol” pre-mixed gin and tonic sparkling beverages and Gordon’s Gin-infused popsicles.
  • Bombay Sapphire Gin: Bacardi-owned Bombay Sapphire is one of the worlds best-selling gins. Bombay Sapphire kicked off a new limited edition range with the launch of a gin inspired by summer in the English countryside.
  • Tanqueray: Diageo-owned Tanqueray launched a new marketing campaign developed to shift consumers’ attention from “gimmicks” to flavour and unveiled a range of bottled ready-to-drink gin and tonics, made with its London Dry Gin and Flor de Sevilla Distilled Gin.
  • Beefeater Gin: Pernod Ricard’s flagship gin brand is Beefeater. The brand launched strawberry-flavoured Beefeater Pink in 2018 and further expanded its portfolio with the debut of a new blood orange-flavoured gin.
  • Seagram’s: Pernod Ricard-owned Seagram’s is a top seller having recently purchased Italian brand Malfy Gin.
  • Hendrick’s Gin: Opened the door to its £13 million Gin Palace in 2018, allowing the brand to double its capacity to two million cases annually. The Scottish brand has also added to its portfolio with the launch of the limited edition summer solstice-inspired Midsummer Solstice gin.
  • Edinburgh Gin: This craft distillery in Edinburgh produces a parade of flavoured gin bottles including rhubarb & ginger gin, raspberry gin, bramble & honey gin, black currant & anise, strawberry & pink peppercorn and pomegranate & rose.
  • Dillon’s Distillery: This Beamsville producer makes small batch gins including rose gin, cherry gin and strawberry gin.
  • Aviation Gin: is an American gin by Ryan Reynolds.
  • Muskoka Brewery: This Ontario craft brewery produces a London Dry and spicy pink peppercorn gin.
Use a mandoline to thinly slice cucumber and muddle into the cocktail.
Use a mandoline to thinly slice cucumber and muddle into the cocktail.

Munich Mule Cocktail Recipe Ingredients

This homemade Munich Mule recipe is made with fresh and quality ingredients:

  • Gin: we suggest using Aviation, Tanqueray, or Beefeater.
  • Ginger Beer: we suggest using The Great Jamaican Ginger Beer Company or Fever Tree Ginger Beer.
  • Lime Juice: only use freshly squeezed lime juice. You can taste the difference when someone incorrectly muddles cocktails with store bought citrus juice.
  • Cucumber: we prefer using English or Persian cucumbers. Slice them as thinly as possible using a mandoline or sharp French Knife.
  • Lime: garnish with a lime wedge, slice or wheel.

Munich Mule Cocktail Recipe Tips

This Munich Mule recipe is easy to make at home, ready to serve in under 10 minutes.

We love serving the refreshing drink on hot days in the summer at family barbecues, cottage happy hour and on a sun-soaked patio.

Our recipe below is listed for one person. If you’re hosting a large gathering feel free to multiply the ingredients by the number of guests and muddle the drink in a punch bowl or jug rather than a cocktail shaker.

Serve the drink in a Collins glass or copper mug with whole ice cubes or crushed ice.

Munich Mule Cocktail Photo Image.
Munich Mule Cocktail Photo Image.

Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment

Before hosting a swanky Munich Mule cocktail party you’ll need to ensure you have the best bartender tools and cocktail equipment.

  • Cocktail Kit: cocktail kits are the perfect gift for newbie mixology fans as they include basic bartender tools like a jigger, shaker and spoon.
  • Cocktail Shaker: a bartender’s best friend. Purchase a premium cocktail shaker to muddle or shake up your favourite pink gin cocktails.
  • Cocktail Glassware: make sure your bar is stocked with a selection of unique glassware to show off your favourite cocktail creations.
  • Hawthorne Strainer: this unique strainer features tightly wound coils and perforated holes. It keeps ice and other large ingredients like lime wedges in your cocktail shaker rather than in the glass.
  • Bar Spoons: slender and long bar spoons are a must-have when stirring drinks.
  • Bottle Opener: easily open bottles of beer or cider with the flick of your wrist or purchase a corkscrew for fine wine.
  • Pouring Spout: once you’ve opened a new bottle of gin insert these affordable pourers to make cocktail assembly a breeze.
  • Cutting Board: purchase a petite cutting board for your bar to slice garnishes or citrus wedges like lime, orange, lemon or grapefruit.
  • Ice Bucket: chill bottles of gin quickly in an ice bucket or keep by the bar when muddling gin mixers into cool creations.
  • Ice Crusher: fans of the Mint Julep love an ice crusher.
  • Ice Cube Kit: we suggest purchasing a selection of ice cube trays. Silicone styles are our favourite as they’re easy to clean and are available in various shapes and sizes.
  • Jigger: use a jigger to accurately measure spirits, juices, syrups and shrubs.
  • Juicer: invest in an electronic juicer or buy an affordable hand-held to easily juice fresh citrus like lemons and limes.
  • Muddler: fans of the Mojito love a sturdy muddler to mix mint and lime. Muddler’s are handy for any cocktail featuring ingredients that need a pounding like fresh herbs or citrus wedges.
  • Citrus Peeler & Zester: adorn your craft cocktails with a thick citrus peel or finer ribbons of lime or lemon zest.
  • Rimmer: Bloody Mary and Caesar lovers should outfit their bar with a handy rimmer for salting and sugaring glassware.
Use a Caribbean-style non-alcoholic ginger beer when making a Mule cocktail.
Use a Caribbean-style non-alcoholic ginger beer when making a Mule cocktail.

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Munich Mule Cocktial

Learn how to make a traditional Munich Mule cocktail. Our easy drink recipe features gin, lime juice, sliced cucumber and spicy ginger beer.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Munich Mule
Servings: 1
Calories: 214kcal


  • Shot Glass
  • Collins Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Mandoline or French Knife


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 6 oz Ginger Beer
  • 5 Cucumber Slices
  • Lime Wheels garnish


  • Pour gin and lime juice into an ice filled collins glass.
  • Add the cucumber slices and stir with a bar spoon.
  • Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wheel.


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.3g | Protein: 0.1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 15.3g | Calcium: 9mg

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